BREAKING NEWS: 3 witnesses snub JGO probe


The House Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee’s first three witnesses were a no-show at today’s start of the committee’s probe into Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ expenditures.

The three witnesses—Police Officer 1 Jomalyn S. Gelacio, special assistant for administration Mathilda A. Rosario, and the Department of Finance’s finance and accounting director Bernadita C. Palacios—wrote separate but identical letters requesting JGO chair Rep. Celina R. Babauta (D-Saipan) to issue a subpoena for their attendance at the hearing.

More details to follow.


Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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